Kettering Council has proposed a public spaces protection order this will see skateboarding become a criminal offence in a large area of the town.
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The council has grouped skateboarding, bmxing and scooters with other issues such as begging, the car park guys hanging out in London Road, under 18’s out after 11pm, loitering, drinking in the street etc please see the full document here: www.kettering.gov.uk/publicspacesprotectionorder
By grouping the issues together in this way the council has created a list that will no doubt include something that annoys somebody somewhere, but are these issues really a crime? Are there different options we could try?
Most of the points on the Public Spaces Protection Order have long been part of living in Kettering and we can not understand why they would now become a criminal offence when there are already laws to deal with problems that cause genuine harm to society.
After we published the proposed PSPO on our Facebook we have been inundated with people who disagree with the council’s heavy handed tactics.
So we contacted the council with an open letter and formally asked them to halt their motion and start a proper process of consultation as a matter of urgency.
View the open letter here: Open Letter regarding the Proposed Public Spaces Protection Order PDF
We now had a reply to our letter from Councillor Derek Zanger which is available to view below. We also sent copies to all our local politicians and prospective politicians to find out their position on the matter.
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- Politicians that have responded but been unclear on their position
Councillor Derek Zanger - Conservative – View PDF Response
Councillor Stephen Bellamy – Conservative - View PDF Response
- Politicians that have responded and oppose the PSPO
Mick Scrimshaw – Labour - View PDF Response
Clark Mitchell - Labour - View PDF Response
Rhea Keehn – Labour – View PDF Response
- Politicians that have responded and support the PSPO
- Politicians that support elements of the PSPO
Maggie Don – Labour - View PDF Response
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